August 2004 Intelligence News
- IRAN / SPIES VOA 31 Aug 2004 -- Iran says it has arrested dozens of alleged spies, including several it accuses of sending nuclear secrets abroad to Iran's enemies.
- Iran arrests several nuclear `spies` IRNA 31 Aug 2004 -- Iran`s Information (Intelligence) Minister Ali Younesi said here Tuesday that several people had been arrested for spying on the country`s nuclear program.
- ILS And Atlas Successfully Launch Payload For NRO Lockheed Martin 31 Aug 2004 -- An Atlas IIAS rocket lifted off tonight, successfully carrying a national security payload into orbit.
- ISRAEL / US SPY VOA 30 Aug 2004 -- Israel insists it is not spying on the United States, despite reports that a Pentagon analyst, under FBI investigation for passing secret information to Israel on Iran, met with a senior Israeli diplomat in Washington.
- ISRAEL / US / SPY VOA 29 Aug 2004 -- Israel says it is not spying on the United States. Larry James reports from Jerusalem on Israeli reaction to news that the FBI is investigating whether a Pentagon official passed classified information to an Israeli lobby group in America that, in turn, passed it on to Israel.
- DoD Response to CBS Report 28 Aug 2004 -- "DoD has been cooperating with the Department of Justice on this matter for an extended period of time. It is the DoD understanding that the investigation within the DoD is limited in its scope."
- Bush Expands Powers of CIA Chief VOA 28 Aug 2004 -- The head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency will have broad new powers under a plan by President Bush to streamline intelligence gathering in an era of terrorist threats. It is one of a series of executive orders suggested by the bipartisan commission investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks.
- Atlas IIAS Launch Postponed Again Lockheed Martin 28 Aug 2004 -- The launch of AC-167, an Atlas IIAS mission, was scrubbed today due to an insufficient level of liquid oxygen remaining in the ground storage tanks to complete launch operations. An anomalous valve position allowed the release of liquid oxygen to the drainage area.
- US/ISRAEL SPY VOA 27 Aug 2004 -- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is reported to be checking the possibility that a Pentagon employee has been passing secret information to Israel.
- Atlas IIAS Launch Of NRO Payload Postponed Lockheed Martin 27 Aug 2004 -- The launch of an Atlas IIAS vehicle with a national security payload was postponed today to allow for additional testing on batteries on the booster.
- BUSH-INTELLIGENCE VOA 27 Aug 2004 -- President Bush has taken the first steps toward a major reform of U-S intelligence gathering. It is part of an effort to repair intelligence failures surrounding the September 11th,2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
- Fact Sheet: President Issues New Orders to Reform Intelligence The White House 27 Aug 2004 -- Today, the President issued a series of new, far-reaching orders which strain the limits of his authority but are essential to America's security.
- A Case to Answer: A first report on the potential impeachment of the Prime Minister for High Crimes and Misdemeanours in relation to the invasion of Iraq. by Glen Rangwala and Dan Plesch for Adam Price MP ImpeashBlair.org Aug 2004 -- "This report sets out compelling evidence of deliberate repeated distortion, seriously misleading statements and culpable negligence on the part of the Prime Minister. This misconduct is in itself more than sufficient to require his resignation. (...) The core conclusion of this report is that the impeachment of the Prime Minister has a strong basis in fact, and established precedent in parliamentary law. It is on this basis that a number of parliamentary colleagues have declared their intention to bring a Commons motion of impeachment as an indictment of the methods, practices and conduct of the Prime Minister in relation to the war in Iraq." [PDF 606 Kb]
- MPs publish Blair impeachment report ImpeashBlair.org 26 Aug 2004 -- Adam Price MP today published a report recommending that impeachment procedures are begun against the Prime Minister for his misconduct in relation to the Iraq war. The group of MPs, which includes two parliamentary leaders and a Conservative shadow minister, will, over the next couple of weeks seek to gather further support from their parliamentary colleagues.
- CACI Says the Fay Report Clearly Shifts Focus of Blame Away From Its Employee Named in a Previous Report CACI 26 Aug 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) commented on the findings of the recently released U.S. Army’s Fay Report in which three employees were cited.
- AR 15-6 Investigation of the Abu Ghraib Prison and 205th Military Intelligence Brigade by LTG Anthony R. Jones and MG George R. Fay US Army 23 Aug 2004 [PDF 920 Kb]
- Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing on Results of Investigation of Military Intelligence Activities at Abu Ghraib Prison Facility 25 Aug 2004 -- General Paul Kern, Appointing Authority for The Investigation; Lieutenant General Anthony Jones, Lead Investigator; Major General George Fay, Investigating Officer
- Transcript: Background Briefing on Investigations on Abu Ghraib 25 Aug 2004 -- Senior Army Official
- U-S / IRAQ / ABUSE VOA 25 Aug 2004 -- A U-S Army investigation has found that 27 members of a U.S. military intelligence unit at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad were directly involved in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
- Report Faults Intelligence Soldiers at Abu Ghraib AFPS 25 Aug 2004 -- Military intelligence personnel did participate in abusing some prisoners in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, the three top officials in the Army's investigation said at a news conference here today.
- Army Report Faults Some Military Intelligence Personnel Washington File 25 Aug 2004 -- The U.S. Army general investigating military intelligence abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad in late 2003 says there were 44 instances of detainee abuse that could generate criminal charges.
- DoD Reviewing Information Classification Decisions AFPS 25 Aug 2004 -- The Defense Department is probably overly cautious in classifying information that doesn't necessarily require it and is reviewing the situation, a senior DoD intelligence official told a House subcommittee Aug. 24.
- Senate to Examine Intelligence Oversight Committee Structure Washington File 25 Aug 2004 -- The U.S. Senate will begin looking at its structure of various committees assigned to oversee intelligence and homeland security issues, the Senate leadership says.
- 9/11 Attacks Prompting Intelligence Overhaul Washington File 24 Aug 2004 -- Responding to recommendations contained in the report by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission), Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts unveiled comprehensive legislation to revamp the 15-agency U.S. intelligence community.
- BUSH / INTELLIGENCE VOA 23 Aug 2004 -- President Bush says he will consider all kinds of ideas to reform the nation's intelligence community, including the sweeping plan put forward by a key senator. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says bold action is needed to restructure all the agencies involved in intelligence-gathering.
- Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle UAV Sets Ship-Based Endurance Record Boeing 19 Aug 2004 -- ScanEagle, a long-endurance fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed and built by Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu Group, recently completed a 16+ hour flight, believed to be the longest flight ever by a UAV launched and retrieved at sea.
- CONGRESS - INTELLIGENCE VOA 18 Aug 2004 -- Former U.S. weapons inspector David Kay is expressing doubt over whether creating a position of a national intelligence director will resolve what he calls a crisis in the intelligence community.
- RUMSFELD/INTELLIGENCE VOA 17 Aug 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is again warning that restructuring of U.S. intelligence agencies, as recommended by the nine-eleven commission, should not lead to new obstacles for the forces defending the nation. The defense chief testified before a Senate panel considering sweeping changes to the nation's intelligence community.
- Intelligence Reform Won't Be Achieved Immediately, Rumsfeld Says AFPS 17 Aug 2004 -- Any U.S. intelligence system reform won't be achieved overnight, DoD's senior civilian told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
- Russian Supreme Court Rejects Academic's Appeal RFE/RL 17 Aug 2004 -- The Russian Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by a former arms-control researcher sentenced for treason in what some say was a politically motivated case.
- Lockheed Martin Announces Diversified Team For Aerial Common Sensor Program Lockheed Martin 16 Aug 2004 -- Lockheed Martin today announced that a broad base of companies will assist it in the development of Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), the U.S. Army’s next generation manned airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system. The program’s six-year $879 million system development and demonstration (SD&D) phase will produce more than 800 new, high-quality jobs in the United States.
- CACI Reports Preliminary Findings of Internal Investigation CACI 12 Aug 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that the internal investigation it is conducting concerning its interrogator personnel in Iraq to date has not produced any credible or tangible evidence that substantiates the involvement of CACI personnel in the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison or elsewhere in Iraq (interrogation services are an intelligence information gathering function). As part of its ongoing investigation, CACI has formally requested that the U.S. Army provide the company with any information it has concerning misconduct by CACI personnel in Iraq. The information recently released by the Army since the disclosure ("leak") of the Major General Antonio Taguba Report is not inconsistent with information developed by CACI. While the information developed to date does not indicate the involvement of any CACI employee in such misconduct, CACI cautioned that its internal investigation continues unabated.
- U.S. Army Awards Northrop Grumman $71.2 Million Task Order for C4ISR Technical Support Northrop Grumman 12 Aug 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received a $71.2 million task order from the U.S. Army to provide acquisition and software support, which will help the Army with command, control, communications and computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance program readiness.
- U.S.: Intelligence Restructuring Likely To Leave CIA With Less Power RFE/RL 12 Aug 2004 -- Porter Goss, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is President George W. Bush's choice to serve as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Heading the CIA has long been viewed as a powerful position. But Bush is now looking to create a new post that would have oversight over the CIA and 14 other intelligence agencies.
- CONGRESS / INTELLIGENCE VOA 11 Aug 2004 -- Top Pentagon officials are urging Congress to ensure that creation of a national intelligence director will not jeopardize military commanders' access to timely information.
- Wolfowitz Favors Intelligence-Sharing, But Urges Caution AFPS 11 Aug 2004 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told a House panel Aug. 10 that he agrees with the 9/11 Commission that there should be more information sharing among U.S. intelligence-gathering agencies.
- DoD Intel Chief Addresses 9/11 Commission Recommendations AFPS 11 Aug 2004 -- The 9/11 Commission's report has the Defense Department looking closely at its intelligence mission, the department's chief intelligence officer told a House panel here today.
- CONGRESS - INTELLIGENCE VOA 11 Aug 2004 -- Top officials of the September 11th commission say establishing a national intelligence director would not jeopardize military operations. Pentagon officials, however, remain cautious about the plan
- U.S. CHINA ARREST VOA 11 Aug 2004 -- The United States is protesting China's treatment of a Chinese-born university professor who was detained for two weeks on espionage charges. U.S. embassy officials are calling last month's detention harsh and inappropriate.
- BAE SYSTEMS To Provide Signals Intelligence For Army UAVS BAE Systems 11 Aug 2004 -- The U.S. Army has selected BAE Systems to begin System Design and Development (SDD) for the Armys Tactical Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Payload (TSP).
- GOSS PROFILE VOA 10 Aug 2004 -- President Bush's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Congressman Porter Goss, has long experience with the intelligence community and in politics.
- Bush Taps Congressman Goss to Lead CIA AFPS 10 Aug 2004 -- President Bush today announced his selection U.S. Rep. Porter Goss, a former Army intelligence officer, to take over the CIA.
- BUSH / CIA VOA 10 Aug 2004 -- President Bush has nominated Florida Congressman Porter Goss to head the Central Intelligence Agency. VOA's Paula Wolfson reports from the White House, Mr. Goss has decades of experience with the intelligence community and is a strong proponent of reform.
- President Bush Nominates Congressman Goss as Director of CIA The White House 10 Aug 2004 -- "I'm pleased to announce my decision to nominate Congressman Porter Goss as the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Porter Goss is a leader with strong experience in intelligence and in the fight against terrorism. He knows the CIA inside and out. He's the right man to lead this important agency at this critical moment in our nation's history."
- CACI Receives Contract Extension for U.S. Army Interrogation Support in Iraq CACI 10 Aug 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced the award of a contract to extend its interrogation services to the U.S. Army in Iraq (interrogation services are an intelligence information gathering function and personnel interview activity).
- General Dynamics Intelligence and Exploitation Systems Achieves “CMMI Level 3” General Dynamics 09 Aug 2004 -- The Intelligence and Exploitation Systems business of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has achieved a Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI®) Level 3 rating in all areas of the CMMI disciplines, including systems engineering, software engineering, integrated product and process development, and supplier sourcing. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Lockheed Martin And ESRI Enter Strategic Business Relationship For Geospatial-Intelligence Solutions Lockheed Martin 09 Aug 2004 -- Lockheed Martin has announced a strategic business relationship with ESRI, the world leader in geographic information systems (GIS) software, to jointly develop and market system solutions and services for defense, intelligence and homeland security.
- Army Works to Get Intelligence From Tactical to National Levels AFPS 06 Aug 2004 -- Army intelligence officials are working to beef up the amount and quality of intelligence information they get straight from the soldiers who most often interact with the Iraqi and Afghan communities.
- Rumsfeld Discusses Intel Chief, Military Manning AFPS 05 Aug 2004 -- President Bush's idea of a national intelligence director outside the White House "is on the mark," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Aug. 3.
- Congress Considers Panel's Intelligence Community Proposals Washington File 04 Aug 2004 -- U.S. congressional committees are contemplating the most significant transformation of the national intelligence community since its creation in 1947, but actual legislation to implement changes might not happen this year, according to members of Congress.
- CONGRESS / 9-11 VOA 04 Aug 2004 -- Experts have told a congressional committee there should be no rush to implement reforms called for by the commission that investigated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. As VOA's Dan Robinson reports, the experts told committee members Wednesday that rushing into some changes could weaken the country's intelligence operations.
- CACI Meets With California Pension Funds About Work in Iraq CACI 03 Aug 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) reported today that members of the company’s management met with representatives of the California State Teachers Retirement Fund (CalSTRS) and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) in Sacramento to provide information about the company’s work in Iraq. Even though CalSTRS and CalPERS hold only about one-half percent of CACI shares, the company met with the funds to respond to questions raised by the funds.
- General Dynamics Awarded UAV Contract General Dynamics 03 Aug 2004 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract by the SENTEL Corporation to provide unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) training support to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada.
- Lockheed Martin Team Awarded $879 Million Aerial Common Sensor Program Lockheed Martin 03 Aug 2004 -- The U.S. Army has awarded a Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] team an $879 million defense contract to develop the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), a next generation airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and target identification system.
- Raytheon Tests SilentEyes(TM) Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at Edwards AFB Raytheon 03 Aug 2004 -- Raytheon Company demonstrated its SilentEyes(TM) Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by ejecting it from an MQ-9 Predator pylon-mounted canister during tests at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
- CONGRESS / 9-11 VOA 03 Aug 2004 -- Members of the 9-11 Commission have told Congress a proposed new National Director of Intelligence must have sufficient authority to lead the nation's intelligence-gathering system. Lawmakers also heard an emotional appeal from family members of victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks.
- U.S.: Does The United States Reveal Too Much About Its Intelligence? RFE/RL 03 Aug 2004 -- Sites in the New York and Washington areas are on high alert as targets for attacks by Al-Qaeda, thanks to new cooperation among leading U.S. intelligence agencies that gathered what officials are calling detailed and alarming information. But intelligence officials have leaked to the news media what are said to be details on how this intelligence was gathered. As informative as these accounts may be, could they also interfere with future intelligence gathering?
- CONGRESS/9-11 OVERNIGHTER VOA 02 Aug 2004 -- Two congressional committees hold hearings Tuesday on the recommendations of the independent 9-11 Commission that investigated intelligence and security lapses leading to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. Members of Congress have been driven by the attention given to the commission's report.
- U.S.: Washington Heightens Terror Alert For Financial Institutions RFE/RL 02 Aug 2004 -- The United States has raised to "high" its security alert level for major financial institutions in the New York and Washington areas. Tom Ridge, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said "unusually specific" intelligence information suggests that Al-Qaeda attacks may occur at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, or at the New York Stock Exchange or several other financial institutions in or close to New York.
- Details Provided on Raise in Threat Level for Financial Sectors Washington File 02 Aug 2004 -- Calling the new information "chilling" in scope, senior U.S. intelligence officials provided more details on the intelligence, which led the Department of Homeland Security to raise the threat level for the financial service sectors of New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. to Code Orange.
- BUSH / TERRORISM VOA 02 Aug 2004 -- President Bush has endorsed the creation of a national intelligence director as part of an extensive reform of the intelligence community. It was one of the key recommendations of the commission that investigated the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
- Bush to Set Up Counterterrorism Center, Asks for Intel Adviser AFPS 02 Aug 2004 -- President Bush will establish a National Counterterrorism Center and will ask Congress to create the position of national intelligence director, he said during a White House news conference today.
- Remarks by the President on Intelligence Reform The White House 02 Aug 2004 -- "Today I'm asking Congress to create the position of a National Intelligence Director. That person -- the person in that office will be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, and will serve at the pleasure of the President. The National Intelligence Director will serve as the President's principal intelligence advisor and will oversee and coordinate the foreign and domestic activities of the intelligence committee. (...) Today, I also announce that we will establish a National Counter-Terrorism Center. This new center will build on the analytical work, the really good analytical work of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, and will become our government's knowledge bank for information about known and suspected terrorists. The new center will coordinate and monitor counter-terrorism plans and activities of all government agencies and departments to ensure effective joint action, and that our efforts are unified in priority and purpose. The center will also be responsible for preparing the daily terrorism threat report for the President and senior officials."
- 170 Cases of U.S Aerial Espionage in July KCNA 02 Aug 2004 -- The U.S. imperialists committed more than 170 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK in July by mobilizing strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes with different missions, according to a military source.
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